have traveled extensively throughout the United States,
Israel, and Europe. When I hold the camera to my eye,
an exciting world of contrasting shapes, colors and patterns
appear before me. Sometimes I see flowing lines that blend
gracefully into one another. Other times I see an assortment
of colors and shapes that work together to create a beautiful
image. The love, happiness, pensiveness, sadness, and
loneliness that are reflected in people’s faces are a
fascination for me. When I photograph people, their spontaneous
expressions and their emotions are captured on film. I
bring to my work an artist’s sense of color, design, and
many years, I taught high school math, severe communication
disordered and head trauma students for BOCES in Westchester,
N.Y. In 1990, I was a recipient of a Westchester Education
Coalition Grant for “Using Photography to Improve Verbal
and Written Expression”. Over the years, I have achieved
increased recognition of my photographic work and have
been invited to exhibit in a number of galleries throughout
the region. I have also done freelance photography for
the Peekskill Star, which is part of the Gannett newspaper
since I was a child, I have been very involved in music.
I play the piano and have worked as a piano accompanist.
Currently, I sing with the Hemlock Farms Choral Society
and the Wayne Choralaires in Pennsylvania.
and I work together in many ways. We have exhibited together
and often get each other shows. Marty sometimes suggests
subjects for me to photograph; and many of my photographs
have served as a model for Marty’s paintings.
live in the Poconos in Pennsylvania and am involved in
various artist groups in the area.
retiring from the New York City Board of Education, I
proceeded to embark upon a career as an artist. Actually,
this was what I wanted to do as a young man. I had studied
to be a painter in Paris and later on at the Art Students
League in New York. Marriage and raising a family meant
finding a more reliable source of income. I became a teacher
and then a guidance counselor, administrator and high
“Call him the comeback kid”. That’s how an article in
the New York Jewish Week describes my belated return to
the art world. It goes on to say “For 25 years Marty Hamer
didn’t touch a brush making him wonder if his artistic
skills would atrophy like an unexercised muscle. But since
fate threw him a second chance… the painter’s reputation
has steadily grown…” My work has been exhibited at juried
shows, galleries as well as a number of successful one
man shows. I have also acquired a growing circle of patrons
for my artwork.
Most of my later work is done in watercolor – a most unforgiving
medium because it is extremely difficult to correct mistakes.
There is a tremendous challenge to get it right the first
time which generates a dynamic tension that keeps the
creative juices flowing.
scenes and the wonderful designs buildings create as they
soar upward to the sky have long held a fascination for
me. This is reflected in my many paintings of Jerusalem
and other cities. Harmonizing color, line and design,
I try to evoke the rhythm, excitement, beauty and power
of the city. Several trips to Israel and a growing interest
in my own mixed Sephardic and Ashkenazi heritage inspired
me to create a substantial body of Judaic Art.
grew up in New York City and moved to Westchester County
in New York. Presently I live in the Pocono Mountain area
of Pennsylvania. For many years I served as President
of the Valley Artist Association of Westchester. I am
a Life Member of the Art Students League of New York,
and am a member of the American Guild of Judaic Art, the
Pike County Arts and Crafts Association and the Pocono